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DEPRESSIVE ILLNESS

This is one of the worst types of depression, in terms of severity, and the most obvious question about this subject is: 'What causes a depressive illness?' To answer this, you need to understand a little about the working of the brain.

The reward centre, or emotional control centre, is the part of the brain that produces the feelings of satisfaction or pleasure which we experience when we have completed some action. These feelings act as our incentive to repeat that action. Under certain conditions, however, the reward centre can, as it were, 'switch off', and when this happens, one feels low or depressed all the time. This is a physical illness in the sense that a part of the body has stopped functioning as it should. But why does this happen?

Extreme mental and physical fatigue is a common cause of depressive illness. For example, a businessman who works long hours under great pressure for many years while he builds up his business runs the risk of anxiety, worry, chronic fatigue and eventually depression. Few people, in fact, could take on such a demanding role without eventually suffering for it.

There are other reasons why the activity of the brain's reward centre sometimes changes. Those people who experience depressive illness after surgery, for example, may have a brain which is very sensitive to the chemical action of the anesthetic. This is not an uncommon cause of this type of depression.

Depressive illness which occurs during adolescence, after childbirth or at the menopause may be associated with natural hormonal fluctuations in an individual's body. Indeed, one of the most common forms of depression is postnatal depression. Many women seem to experience a low mood for at least a short period after childbirth, but this is comparatively trivial in comparison to the serious and persistent depression which develops in a few women. This condition is marked by tearfulness, uncontrollable crying or mood swings at the least provocation, and the other symptoms listed earlier.

Sometimes depressive illness seems to develop from stress-induced reactive depression; it is as though there is a to the amount of stress which the reward centre can take before it switches off. All cases of depressive illness should be referred to a doctor or counsellor as soon as possible, so that the relevant type of depression can be identified and treated properly.

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